African Centre for Cities

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

This looks very interesting and something I’m going to learn more about. I received this via email from Chimurenga:


[A creation of the African Centre for Cities & Chimurenga Magazine]

“All African cities are the product of multiple trajectories and origins, which implies that that the living, breathing, pulsating fact of African cities adds up to a form of ‘pan-Africanism’ that is more interesting than the tired tropes of pan-African Nationalism that remains the stock and trade of many official discourses about transnational and trans-local practices on the continent. We believe that ‘pan-Africanism as a practice’ despite the repeated deaths of pan-Africanism as a nationalist discourse opens up multiple explorations into the spatial specificity of cities crafted in the border zones between informal/formal, licit/illicit, chaotic/ordered, etc.”
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Stewart Brand – How Buildings Learn

Stewart Brand of The Long Now Foundation has some highly interesting videos from a BBC series he did a few years back. Below is his excerpt and 6 great videos follow:

This six-part, three-hour, BBC TV series aired in 1997. I presented and co-wrote the series; it was directed by James Muncie, with music by Brian Eno. The series was based on my 1994 book, HOW BUILDINGS LEARN: What Happens After They’re Built. The book is still selling well and is used as a text in some college courses. Most of the 27 reviews on Amazon treat it as a book about system and software design, which tells me that architects are not as alert as computer people. Continue reading Stewart Brand – How Buildings Learn

Palm Wine Tapper

Going down the palm tree after tapping (and later collecting) palm wine. Organic, delicious, and packs a sweet buzz. This video was taken in a remote village in Benue State, Nigeria where I’ve spent some semi-significant time. The predominant tribes in Benue State are the Tiv and Idoma people.